This modern Calgary bungalow was a renovation project by designer Aly Velji back in 2019. “We removed walls, changed the layout of the space and introduced a fresh scheme,” he says. “The clients’ love of color really drove the design concept.” After the successful redo, Aly and his team at
Alykhan Velji Designs returned to their client’s home to help them decorate for Christmas.
Scroll down to see the dinner-party ready space and discover Aly’s expert tips for holiday decorating.
Crisp, modern interiors allow evergreen accents to pop without clashing. Large wreaths add coziness to glass walls separating the back entry and office spaces. “Keep it classic and opt for fresh wreaths,” advises Aly. “I love using fresh garlands sand evergreens to add that holiday spirit, it’s so easy and leaves the house smelling delightful.”
Bold blues pair well with the natural elements introduced in the space. “Work with the room’s furniture, not against it,” he says.
The open-concept main floor has a mid-century inspired style that complements the subtle yet impactful holiday décor. A festive Christmas tree makes a heartwarming focal point as you enter the room.
Simple, organic touches like the eucalyptus branches added to the tabletop and light fixture help to create a gorgeous sculptural moment.
“Layering is key when it comes to design and holiday tables. The simple white plates are the perfect backdrop to the tasselled napkin, magnolia leaf and brass cutlery,” says Aly. “Be creative when it comes to your tablescape and experiment with different ways to add drama. You want your guests to be wowed when they sit down for dinner.”
When it comes to centrepieces, Aly suggests thinking beyond the traditional florals. “By using the clear glass Christmas trees and brass candle holders, we created a whimsical display that sparkles at night and doesn’t obstruct any views.”
The holidays are an opportunity to fill empty shelves and vases with fresh greens and berries. “It’s a simple and effective way of adding some drama to any space,” says the designer.
Every good holiday party needs a well-stocked bar. Adorn your displays with gold accents for a luxe and celebratory look. “Paired with vintage glassware that gives a mid-century nod, your guests will be ready for that perfect Old Fashioned,” says Aly.
Stockings are a nostalgic holiday accent. “No mantle, no problem,” says Aly. “We hung these fun pompom stockings on the credenza in the living space since the clients didn’t have a fireplace.”
Author: Joseph Cicerone
Michelle Johnson, MJay Photography
Alykhan Velji Designs